“Seeing dancers perform so beautifully as the sun sets on the Great South Bay is truly magical. Knowing you are supporting DRA is pretty magical, too.”
– Alan Cumming, FIDF 10 and FIDF 11 Emcee

My first time to Fire Island, New York was quite the adventure. It was great fun playing Hawaiian slack key guitar with my brother for the three hula dancers at the cocktail party. DECADE: 10 Years Of The Fire Island Dance Festival featured unbelievably talented dancers, and we enjoyed watching so many renown dance companies. Thanks to DRA for taking such great care of us and congrats on a successful event. What a gathering of talent and all for a charitable cause.

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In July of 2004, Dancers Responding to AIDS presented DECADE, the tenth year of the Fire Island Dance Festival, a tremendously successful event that raised more than $160,000. During the past decade, we’ve seen this critically praised celebration of dance become one of the most anticipated social events of the Pines’ summer season. Alan Cumming emceed the three performances at this year’s Festival, held at the bay-front home of Beau Clarke. Performers included classical and modern dancers from the Martha Graham Dance Company, Limón Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and American Ballet Theatre. The weekend of festivities began on Friday night with a Hawaiian VIP leadership cocktail party at the beautiful home of William Hayden and Ron Perkov. A highlight of Friday’s event was the appearance of a troupe of hula dancers and slack-keyed guitar players who entered from the bay via canoe!